Hotel at a Glance: Pocono Palace Resort
Located in a secluded part of Pennsylvania’s pine-fringed Pocono Mountains, the Pocono Palace Resort specializes in adults-only getaways filled with year-round onsite activities. These may include everything from hiking and biking to varied recreation at Pocono Palace’s two nearby sister resorts, Paradise Stream Resort and Cove Haven Resort, where you can play billiards and miniature golf.
- Where you’ll stay: Guests will stay in the romantic Fairway or Champagne Tower Suites, which each come with cozy log-burning fireplaces.
- Special touch: The Fairway Suite comes with one of the resort’s world-famous heart-shaped whirlpool tubs, while the Champagne Tower suites come with a heart-shaped pool and a dry sauna.
- A private lake serves as a nice spot for winter activities like cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, etc…
- Nature trails allow bicyclists and hikers to take in the woodlands, waterfalls, and waterways of the Pocono Mountains region
- Nearby attractions: The resort is within easy reach of casinos, as well as other local businesses that offer discounts to all-inclusive guests.
- Optional all-inclusive perks include unlimited breakfast and dinner, nightly entertainment, and full access to Pocono Palace’s sister resorts.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Downhill Skiing and Quaint, Historical Towns
The Poconos region of northeastern Pennsylvania accounts for some 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests. The area has been a popular vacation destination ever since Pennsylvania Quakers opened a hotel here on the Delaware River in 1829. Today, the Poconos draw nearly 24 million annual visitors, thanks to year-round recreational opportunities and spectacular natural scenery.
In winter, locals often make weekend trips from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and DC for one reason: skiing. One ski spot that’s particularly popular is Camelback Mountain Resort, which sits atop one of the region’s tallest mountains at 2,133 feet and boasts 160 acres of skiable terrain. For an extended run, head to the Nile Mile, which drops 800 feet vertically over the course of a mile-long descent. The resort is also amply lit for night skiing, and is the only place in the Poconos with a halfpipe.
There are diversions outside of the slopes, too. A handful of quaint, little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions tucked away on country roads, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion, which is open for tours, in the borough of Jim Thorpe.